The US Military Can No Longer Deny That Camp Lejeune Drinking Water Caused Cancer
Thousand of lawsuits were summarily rejected by the Navy and many more were discouraged from filing
Saturday, September 3, 2022 - An effective way to obtain lump-sum monetary compensation for the pain and suffering brought on by drinking contaminated Camp Lejeune water may be to file a lawsuit against the federal government under the newly-enacted Camp Lejeune Justice Act. Thousands of US Marine veterans were wrongly denied this right by the federal government over the years because a twist in the law limited the time for filing a claim to ten years after the first signs of water contamination became known. According to RollCall.com, "As many as a million people lived at Camp Lejeune when the drinking water was contaminated, the Navy estimates, and more than 4,500 later filed damage claims that were all denied by the secretary of the Navy in 2019. Many of those victims -- including former Marine drill instructor Jerry Ensminger, who lost a daughter to leukemia in 1985, nine years after she was conceived at Camp Lejeune -- also filed federal lawsuits seeking compensation, but those were all dismissed." The Camp Lejeune Justice Act allows Thousands of military veterans and civilian employees and contractors working at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987 the ability to file a lawsuit. Thousands of Camp Lejeune veterans, civilian employees, and contractors on the base may qualify to submit cancer claims with Camp Lejeune water lawyers. Veterans are still eligible to file a claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act even if receiving medical benefits or other compensation from the VA for Camp Lejeune water sickness.
Lump-sum monetary awards from a Camp Lejeune water lawsuit could be many times greater than the cumulative monthly income the VA may offer. Camp Lejune water attorneys will analyze both possible outcomes to advise which course of action a potential plaintiff should pursue. The types of cancer that Camp Lejeune residents have suffered or died from include, leukemia, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, to name just a few. Anyone who was diagnosed with cancer after drinking contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, or who is a relative of such a person, is may be qualified to obtain a free, no-obligation case assessment from Camp Lejune water contamination lawyers.
In addition to seeking lump-sum monetary compensation, the fear of legal action might be the only way to force the military to improve future servicemember health protection. It appears the Navy and Marine Corps knew for years that Camp Lejeune water was being contaminated from several sources and tested positive for carcinogenic chemicals but failed to warn residents and workers on the base or their families. One of the most insidious consequences of the Marine Corps lack of action to warn about carcinogens in the Camp Lejeune tap water is that thousands of pregnant women drank, cooked with, and bathed in cancer-causing water during their pregnancy causing permanent injury and death to their unborn child. Miscarriages, stillbirths, birth defects, and childhood cancer have occurred at Camp Lejeune in numbers that far exceed those at other military bases and certainly exceed the levels in the general public.